La Longère Rose is surrounded by quiet roads and tracks, which are ideal for walkers and cyclists. Fishing, secluded picnic spots, local markets and a good choice of restaurants are all a short distance away. Further afield you'll find châteaux, zoos, the Atlantic beaches, theme parks, fishing, water sports and riding centres.
Cycling: the flat, open roads and lanes make this area perfect for cyclists of all ages and all abilities and there are several marked cycle routes in the area around Paizay-le-Tort.
Fishing: to go fishing anywhere in France you will need a 1-Day, 15-Day or Annual licence. You can buy a licence from post offices, supermarkets or on the internet. "Private" fishing in private lakes or ponds must be paid for locally. The River Berlande, our local river, is restocked with trout each year, so a day spent fishing should provide you with a tasty lunch or supper!
Playing fields: our local village, Paizay-le-Tort, is just a five-minute walk away. The village has playing fields, where the ladies’ football team practises during the football season, some tennis courts, a playground for younger children and a skate park for older children.
Mouton Village: if you’re an animal lover you, won’t want to miss Mouton Village - an attraction devoted to sheep! Visit the “Maison du Mouton” and the “Jardin des Agneaux”, where children can help to feed the lambs. You can see how cheese is made from sheep’s milk and then taste it, listen to a shepherd’s tales and then stroll through the grounds, where you’ll discover 23 different breeds of sheep grazing in six hectares of woodland. Mouton Village also has a shop, a playground, restaurants and picnic areas.
La Vallée des Singes: discover over 350 primates and thirty different species living in natural surroundings. Look out for gorillas, silver marmosets and agile Red-faced Spider Monkeys, especially at feeding time! La Vallée des Singes also has a children’s farm, an adventure play area and snack bars - or you can take your own picnic to enjoy in the shady, well-equipped picnic areas.
Silver mines: the silver mines at the nearby town of Melle were discovered by the Romans and mined from the 6th to the 10th century. Initially, the mine’s lead deposits were more important than the silver, but as time went on, it was used to make coins which have been discovered all over Europe. An exhibition (with a commentary in English) explains the formation of the mines and you can also visit gardens where plants were used for medical cures, for cooking and for making dyes. Please note that the mines are not suitable for younger children or pushchairs.
Futuroscope and Puy du Fou: Futuroscope, the exciting theme park based on multimedia, cinema and audio-visual techniques and is about an hour’s drive away, while Puy du Fou, an all-action historical theme park and France’s 4th most popular tourist attraction, is around two hours away.
Water sports: a choice of water sports are available at "Lac du Lambon", which is a 30-minutes drive away from La Longère Rose, or you can hire canoes and kayaks in St-Jean-d’Angély. If you prefer to swim, head for the lovely beaches on Ile-de-Ré and Ile-d’Oléron - or visit the "Centre Aquatique Atlantys" for a day of fun for the whole family.
Motor sport: motor sport has a long history in France - the "24 Heures du Mans" is only two hours away from La Longère Rose and the heats of our local autocross championship take place just down the road in the summer. In addition, the nearby "Circuit du Vigeant" offers a year-round programme of events, the National Motocross Championships are held in St-Jean-d’Angély and the annual "Circuit International des Remparts" is takes place in September in Angoulême.
Sightseeing: the area around La Longère Rose has many historic buildings and sites to visit, including many which date back to Roman times in and around the town of Saintes.